Measure for Measure
Playwright and Dramaturgs
ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL is a television and theatre writer, actress, and director. She is of Bulgarian and Indian descent, and was raised in Sweden prior to moving to Minneapolis, and more recently Los Angeles. Current projects include Season 2 of American Gods on Starz, a new play titled 1933 commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse, two commissions (a translation of Shakespeare’sMeasure for Measure, and an American Revolutions piece tentatively titled Pax Americana) with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and an as yet Untitled commission with Audible. Most recently, in the 2016/2017 season, Kapil premiered SouthCoast Repertory (SCR) commissioned play Orange at Mixed Blood Theatre and at SCR, and Yale Rep commissioned play Imogen Says Nothing at Yale Repertory Theatre. She is a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists.
Aditi’s first play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English, was developed during a Many Voices residency at the Playwrights’ Center, work-shopped at the Lark Play Development Center, and selected for the National New Play Network (NNPN) conference 2006. Love Person was produced in a NNPN rolling world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), Marin Theater (CA), and Phoenix Theatre (IN), in the 2007/08 season. In 2008/09 it was produced at Live Girls! Theatre in Seattle, Alley Repertory Theatre in Boise, and Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Love Person received the Stavis Playwriting Award in 2009.
Her play Agnes Under The Big Top, a tall tale was selected as a 2009 Distinguished New Play Development Project by the NEA New Play Development Program hosted by Arena Stage, and was developed by the Lark Play Development Center (NYC), Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), InterAct Theatre (PA), the Playwrights’ Center (MN), and the Rhodope International Theater Laboratory (Bulgaria). Agnes Under the Big Top premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre (CT) in 2011, and Borderlands Theater (AZ) in 2012 in a NNPN rolling world premiere.
Her Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy (Brahman/i, a one-hijra stand-up comedy show; The Chronicles of Kalki; and Shiv), based loosely on the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, premiered in repertory at Mixed Blood Theatre in October 2013, and have since been produced across the US and in the UK. Brahman/i and The Chronicles of Kalki received an unprecedented double nomination for the James Tait Black Prize, University of Edinburgh, UK.
Aditi Brennan KapilPlaywrights
Andrew is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches courses in dramaturgy, Shakespeare, acting and performance studies and serves as the co-head of the B.A. program. Since 2012, Andrew has also been the managing director of the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism. With the Brockett Center, he has worked on a variety of initiatives such as The American Theatre Archive Project and the American Theatre Magazine’s historical almanac column.
Andrew is co-author of the 11th edition of textbook The Essential Theatre and has published essays in Theatre History Studies, American Theatre Magazine, and the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. He has presented scholarship at the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, American Society for Eighteenth Century Research and the Mid-America Theatre Conference.
As a dramaturg and actor, Andrew has worked with the Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, First Folio Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, and Children’s Theatre of Madison. He is also an artistic associate with The Great River Shakespeare Festival where he has worked as an actor for ten seasons. Andrew is an award-winning teacher. In 2016, Dr. Carlson received the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and is a 2017 Provost’s Teaching Fellow.
Andrew Ian CarlsonDramaturgs
Liz Engelman is on faculty in the Playwriting and Directing area at UT Austin. As a dramaturg, Liz splits her time between the school year at UT Austin, and summer in Ely, MN, where she is the founder and director of Tofte Lake Center at Norm’s Fish Camp, a creative retreat center in the Boundary Waters. Liz has served as the Alumnae Relations Coordinator at Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island, as Resident Dramaturg at Mixed Blood Theatre, as the Literary Director of the McCarter Theatre, the Director of New Play Development at ACT Theatre in Seattle, Washington, Literary Manager/Dramaturg at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, and as Assistant Literary Manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Liz has worked on the development of new plays across the country and abroad, including The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, ASK Theatre Projects, New York Theatre Workshop, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, South Coast Rep, Denver Center, and Florida Stage. She has directed new plays at The Illusion Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and Carleton College. Liz has been a guest at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Puget Sound, Cornish College of the Arts, and has taught playwriting at Freehold Studio Theatre Lab and The Playwrights’ Center.
Liz studied dramaturgy and new play development at Brown and Columbia universities, where she received her BA and MFA in theatre and dramaturgy, respectively. Liz is the co-editor with Michael Bigelow Dixon of several collections of plays, and a book on playwriting exercises; two volumes of monologues with Tori Haring-Smith; and a collection of Hedgebrook plays with Christine Sumption. She has written articles published in Theatre Topics and Theatre Forum.
Liz has served as President, Board Chair and is a current Board Member of LMDA, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She serves as an Ambassador-at-Large for the National New Play Network and is on the Advisory Board for Scriptworks. She is a board member of the National Theatre Conference.
Expertise: New play dramaturgy, playwriting, directing…and paddleboarding.
Amrita Ramanan is a dramaturg, creative producer, and artistic leader who holds the values of anti-racism, anti-colonialism, equity, access, diversity, and inclusion at the core of her practice. Her dramaturgy credits include Sitayana (East West Players), BULL: A love story (Paramount Theatre); Cambodian Rock Band, Snow in Midsummer, Oklahoma!, As You Like It, Macbeth, Alice in Wonderland, Henry V, and Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Mary T. & Lizzy K., Trouble in Mind, Ruined, My Fair Lady, The Music Man, and Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies (Arena Stage). She has produced and curated several new play development incubators, including Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab for New Play Development and Arena Stage’s New Play Reading Series. She is a board member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and a National Theater Project advisor for the New England Foundation for the Arts.
Jun. 10 2019
Play On! Festival NYC
Rehearsal and Staged Reading directed by Lisa Channer with full cast as part of the Play On! Translation Festival in NYC.
Play On! / Classic Stage / Oregon Shakespeare Festival